The signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton is seen as the beginning of a fierce rivalry between Man United and Chelsea in the transfer window and this is bound to be taken onto the pitch of play when the season is in full swing.’
The Red Devils edged Chelsea in the signing of Belgian star Lukaku and if the reports making rounds is anything to go by, United are yet on the verge of usurping Chelsea to the signature of Real Madrid’s attacker James Rodriguez.
Real Madrid are understood to have offered Chelsea the opportunity to sign Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez for a whopping £120million but there’s a new twist in the report on Sunday as the Express claims Mourinho is on the verge of edging the Blues to the signature of Rodriguez.
Jose Mourinho had earlier informed his principals at Man United that he would bolster his squad with four players in this window and Ed Woodward is understood to have given him the green light. Having sealed deals for Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, two more signings are still expected at United.
United had been heavily linked with a move for Morata until Mourinho ditched his pursuit to sign Lukaku – bringing to end all links to the Spanish striker. Meanwhile, the career of Rodriguez has been steadily going down the drain since Zinedine Zidane took charge of Los Blancos in the penultimate season and to salvage his career, he has to leave Madrid.
United appear to be favorite in Rodriguez’s chase following Mourinho’s propensity to spend big in the transfer window, the report claims. Paris Saint Germain as well as Chelsea are credited with interest for the Columbian stalwart.
Rodriguez will be a perfect fit for Mourinho. He is an improved version of Juan Mata because he creates and scores more goals.
Rodriguez is valued at £60m but considering what United offered for Lukaku, his valuation can be termed a cut price.